This weekend I made my initial foray into knitting, using the yarn and needles given to me by the owner of the local yarn shop. Squijum wants to learn to knit, too
I have knitted three small swatches, but Squijum was too worked up for me to be able to photograph them. Knitters who have cats, how do you do it? In any case, I am now able to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off, but my tension leaves much to be desired. In particular, the stitches at each end of the row are always way looser than the rest of the row; any advice would be appreciated!
The yarn I have is an alpaca/ wool blend that is very nice and soft, but also very fuzzy. This didn't cause as much trouble as I was afraid of, but I'm definitely going to have to get some smoother yarn for further practice.
I got some tatting done, too. I wanted to make Fox's "Athalia" pattern using this Swarovski doodad.
"But that has ten loops!" I hear you saying. "How can you use that for a pattern with four repeats?" Here's the back side of it.
I won't pretend it was easy joining to these holes on the back, but I got it done. While I was tatting, I happened to notice that the thread I was using was a perfect match for the shirt I was wearing.
I've noticed I often do that; it's never intentional, but it happens a lot. Here's the finished piece.
I missed a picot on one of the large rings, but I don't think it's too noticeable because it's tucked behind the doodad. I'm going to wear it anyway. The thread is Yarnplayer's "Vibrato".